Friday, August 19, 2016

Exclusive "ME"TAL 101 w/ Terry Glaze

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to reach out to Terry Glaze about his career and his new album "TOO LATE NOW"with Raised By Gods. Terry Glaze may be known to many of you as the vocalist of Pantera prior to Phil Anselmo joining the band. You may not know that he went on to put together a series of great albums with his band Lord Tracy and continues to create music with long time friend Mike Herrington as the recording project Raised By Gods. Recently they released "TOO LATE NOW" and it's a great rock album. For fans of the Beatles and Cheap Trick like myself you will enjoy the spirit of this album. You'll find notes about the album's production dispersed in this conversation and we'll delve into a few of the tracks I was really digging at the time we were chatting. So lets get into this awesome interview with Terry Glaze and check out the links to order the cd for yourself.

HMT: Hello Terry, I appreciate your time speaking with us and answering some of our questions.

Terry: My pleasure

HMT: I love the new album, I found it a few days ago which inspired me to look you up.

Terry: thanks again. mike and i are really happy with the way it came out.

HMT: Please tell me about your new album with Raised By Gods "Too Late Now". I really dig the groove of the album especially on tracks like "Nothing Left to Say" and the title track. I feel an overall theme dealing with ups and downs of relationships. Is the album inspired about experiences in your past or what's going on now in life?

Terry: I get inspired by everything around me, especially relationship ups & downs. i have to credit the grooves to mike. 

HMT: Raised By Gods is a departure from the more party starting side of Lord Tracy. Its groove is dark and more personal. Do you feel working and recording with various entities allows you to exercise demons that wouldn't necessarily fit with other projects?

Terry: every project is different. i'm so lucky to play with great musicians who inspire in a unique way.

HMT:  I keep hearing a Beatles or Cheap Trick influence on tracks like "Problem"? Were the Beatles or Cheap Trick early influences growing up?

Terry: they are numbers 1 & 2 on my list. i grew up listening to my mom's beatles records. cheap trick are my favorite band and the reason i wanted to be a musician.

HMT: The album artwork is striking, can you tell me a bit on how you chose the artwork for this album?

Terry: my daughter evelyn studies anthropology and ancient teeth. the cover was her idea, i love it too. thanks
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This is a good time to take a short break and provide some notes about the album before we proceed to more specific questions.
Album Notes:
"Too Late Now" is the 2016 release by the band Raised By GodsRaised By Gods is: Terry Glaze (Pantera/Lord Tracy) and Mike Herrington.Mike records the drums in L.A., then sends the tracks to Terry on the east coast. Terry writes songs to Mike’s drums, plays all the other instruments, and then sends the finished tunes back to Mike, where Mike hears the song for the first time. Then Terry sends the tracks to Neil Kernon in Chicago, where Neil makes it sound kick ass! This is the second release from Raised By Gods. 2011 was our debut disc
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HMT: While I have your ear, I've delved into the album and I have a few specific songs I'd like to ask you about.

Wake Me Up - I'm usually a stickler for listening to an album in the order the artist creates it but I'm sure happy this is the first track I heard off this. The guitar distortion is a real highlight on this track. Please tell me about you came up with this sound, rig or pedal recommendation? Did you have to do any experimentation to get the sound or is it just another tool in your repertoire?

Terry: that's the jack white bumble buzz by union tube & transistor. i plugged in that pedal & the riff was one of the first things that came out.

HMT: 
Problem - I was thinking about how you write the music to Mike's drums and this song really stuck out to me. I tried listening to the main beats and I was pretty impressed on how everything seems really cohesive. How finished is everything prior to getting in the hands of Neil?

Terry: that's the arrangement mike played, i just played to mike's track like he was in the room with me. i finish all the tracks and then send everything to neil kernon in chicago where neil takes it all and makes it sound kick-ass!

HMT:
White Lamb Fluffy Bunny - I love the old school vibe of this track. I found myself rocking out in my chair to this. As I get older(41), I find myself getting more into the stuff my parents listened to and exposed my ears to as a kid. This harkens back to the early days of rock and roll. When you first heard the beat did you automatically think of this style and era? Is this one of the tunes you include in your live set?

Terry: that's me doing dwight yoakam doing the beatles. i try and play that song every gig.

HMT:
Red Dress Woman - I absolutely love this tune. It's got a bluesy style that I've been missing for some time. I was thinking of my love for bands like Arc Angels and Eric Gales band while vibing out to this. Most people know you for your vocals but man you are an amazing guitarist.
Since you are building the song around the drums how much leeway does a song like this give you to just lay down those tasty licks? Do you follow the muse and let the song take you wherever it's gonna go? How quickly did this song come together?

Terry: this song came together really quick, mike's drum licks inspired the guitar riffs. i was thinking jack white doing led zeppelin

HMT: Lastly, how different was the experience of creating this second album compared to the first? Do you utilize video conferencing like Skype when you are going over the music and fine tuning? Have you been able to sit in the same space with Mark and listen to this album together?

Terry: this second album was like a continuation of the first. mike & I are always recording. the time just seemed right & we had a collection of songs that we liked and wanted to share. i haven't been in the same room with mike in several years. we do FaceTime every now & then.

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HMT: Many fans know you from your essential role in Pantera as their frontman for three incredible albums. I know prior to Dimebag's death, there was some talk about a one off reunion show between yourself and the guys in Pantera. Have any thoughts of a reunion circulated since Dimebag's passing? How is your relationship with Rex and Vinny?

Terry: i can't see how there could be a pantera reunion without darrell. he was the heart & soul of the band. i'm good with vinnie & rex. rex & i talk every now & then.

HMT:  I know from past interviews that you've spoken about the influence that Vinny and Dime's father had as the band's manager in getting you guys into recording studios early on. Ironically the Van Halen's also had a similar situation. Do you find a correlation between bands that have family in management and the eventual shake up/break up of bands resulting from that influence?

Terry: i always thought vinnie & dime were very similar to the van halen brothers, growing up & jamming together gave them a unique sound. we were lucky to have jerry abbott helping us out, he was amazing. i think it's natural to want to spread your wings in different directions as you mature & grow.


HMT: As a fan of your work with Lord Tracy, I always felt that you put the music first and never tried to follow whatever was trendy. What is your opinion of bands that came out of the glam or thrash era repackaging themselves to fit whatever trend was happening at the time?

Terry: i think all the greats were trying for the best version of themselves, that's how you have long term success.

HMT: The music industry looks nothing like it did even a decade ago. We have the dichotomy of lower costs to produce music for straight to digital streaming purposes versus people just ripping the music off for free. How does the next Pantera or Lord Tracy have a chance of making it these days?

Terry: You have to not let anything get in the way of your dreams, believe in yourself & keep moving forward.

HMT: You started out playing guitar, did getting on the mic happen out of necessity or did you always have an interest in singing?

Terry: i couldn't sit still. i started on piano, then moved to guitar, then after seeing van halen, i got a cordless mic. i knew i wanted to sing my own songs at an early age.

HMT: You have incredible range, how have you kept your voice in such great shape?

Terry: thanks, just lucky i guess.


HMT: You continue to keep a busy schedule playing regularly with several bands. Do you enjoy having the flexibility to play with whoever you want rather than to be tethered to one band's decisions/direction?

Terry: i would love to be playing with Raised By Gods every night, it's just not possible at the moment. i love playing music & feel so lucky that i get to do it every day.

HMT:  I'm currently seeing several bands reuniting for summer tours where there could be as little as one or even no original members of the band playing greatest hits. Do you feel bands often times water down their legacy by playing way past their expiration date or do you think fans aren't even interested in who's in the band as long as they hear the hits?

Terry: that's a tough one, i feel very lucky when lord tracy gets together with all 4 original members. you can't take it for granted.

(Fans hit me up to ask Terry a few questions, I picked two completely different questions for this portion of the interview)

HMT: Fans hit me up to please ask "what your favorite Pantera song was to perform with the band

(With the Band)
Terry: "All Over Tonite"
(After the Departure)
Terry: "Mouth For War"

HMT: Secondly, a fan asked if you are voting for the next election and if so, who you are voting for?

Terry: yes i'm voting, everybody vote!

HMT: When I mentioned that I was interested interviewing you I heard immediate responses from folks over social media about how much they enjoyed your time with Pantera. Is there anything you'd like to relay to your old school fans? What can we expect from you for the rest of 2016? New recordings, touring(would enjoy seeing you in New England)?

Terry: i was so lucky to grow up with pantera, that's where i got my start. the fans have been so kind to me. thanks to everyone out there.

HMT: What is the best way for fans to follow you?

Terry: www.terryglaze.com
                                                                                                                             
Social Media:
Visit Raised By Gods Official Facebook Page





Album is now available on CDBABY!
Also on Itunes


Friday, August 12, 2016

REANIMATED REVIEWS

These Two Won't Stay Down
I gave both of these a brief review in a past post, but probably didn't do them enough justice because neither will sit peaceably.  Each is shuffling forward, intending to inflict more auditory destruction.  Check it out:

CHURCH OF MISERY: "and then there were none..."
Bassist Tatsu Mikami is the only original member remaining in the band, but with the new lineup of Scott Carlson on vocals, David Szulkin on guitar and Eric Little on drums & percussion, Church of Misery has turned the corner and gone from awesome to elite.  This album is about as destructive as the killers it is written about, and is true metal perfection.
Here is track 2, "Make Them Die Slowly".  It is about John George Haigh (pictured below), a British serial killer from the 1940's who dissolved his victims' bodies in sulphuric acid before forging papers and selling their possessions.
DieSlowly from Ultra Sounds on Vimeo.

SON OF A WITCH: "Thrones In The Sky"
Brazil's Son Of A Witch has put out such an impressive debut album, it's scary to think of how great this band will be years from now.  Band members Ling Lizzard on vocals, Psychedelic Monk and Gila Monster on guitars, Old Goat on bass, and Asteroid Mammoth on drums have put out a heavy metal masterpiece on their first try.  Fifty Eight minutes of slowly developing but relentless riffs, with really well thought out movements within each tune, if you are patient enough to let them develop.  This album puts on a clinic on how metal should be done.  Frequently compared to Egypt, who I really like, these guys are way better. Here is the album's closer, "Jupiter Cosmonaut:" Stick with this one and you will be rewarded.  

You can purchase "and then there were none..." here:Church of Misery on Rise Above Records, and "Thrones In The Sky" here: Son Of A Witch on Bandcamp

Going to be away next weekend, but will scout out something cool to post when I get back.  
Over and out   -ULTRA

Saturday, August 6, 2016

SALEM'S POT: Pronounce This!
Another Swedish Stoner Rock Masterpiece

This just in: Swedish drinking water has been found to contain extraordinarily high levels of the element Rocknrollium.  This explains why so many bands from Sweden have simply mastered rock and roll, from folk rock to death metal and everything in between.  SO many of my best albums are by Swedish artists, and now here's another one.  

Mix some Pentagram, Alice Cooper, Blood Ceremony and Gabriele-Fiori style space rock, and you've got something close to Salem's Pot.  "Pronounce This!" is really hard to categorize however, because it covers so much ground musically.  Six tracks, averaging about 8 minutes 12 seconds apiece, with none of them feeling too long and each making you want more.  I could consult the thesaurus and try to find words to pin this one down, but listening is just a superior way to asimilate any album.  Check out the lead track, "Tranny Takes A Trip":

Here's another that's sure to be considered among most listeners' favorites: "Coal Mind":

These guys seem to prefer being mysterious to being known individually.  This is the only list of band members I could find:
There are few instances when you can get this much awesome for $7; "Pronounce This!" on sale at Bandcamp here: Salem's Pot on Bandcamp 

As you probably know, I considered 2015 to be a historically good year when it comes to Stoner Rock, but 2016 is catching up.  Rock on, stay heavy and everything that goes along with that.  Until next weekend   -ULTRA

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

LOTD! Russian Circles - Guidance

GUIDANCE by RUSSIAN CIRCLES
Very few bands have a success rate the likes of Russian Circles. I've always found the band highly underrated and somewhere outside of the radar where they should be. Please do yourself a favor and check out their upcoming release GUIDANCE. Holy shit this is too good to even put into words.


"ME"TAL 101 with Scour's John Jarvis



 Let's cut to the chase, SCOUR are a blistering act that recently produced a visceral soundscape of grindcore, black metal and doom. Their EP (Housecore Records Label) was released in mid July and I conducted this interview a few weeks before it's release. John Jarvis is an integral part of this project. Bassist for cult grindcore heavy weights, Pig Destroyer, he's extremely comfortable producing face pummeling music. Along with bandmate Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), John wrote the material for this EP and enlisted enigmatic Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo to helm the front man position for the band. Scour is rounded out by Chase Fraser (Guitar) & Jesse Schobel(Drums). The press was quick to tag the band as a "Supergroup" while I see the band as an original project with a highly experienced lineup. John Jarvis granted me an interview to speak about the formation of the band,  EP and what we can expect from the band in the future. Enjoy the interview and definitely pick up one of the most talked about underground EPs of the entire year.

HMT: I'm completely blown away by the first track you guys have released, Dispatched. So, I know you and Derek pitched demos to Phil before he signed on as Scour's vocalist. What had been your relationship with Phil prior to sending him your tapes? I know he did guest vocals on Cattle Decapitation's album and was a fan of both your bands.

John:  Thanks for checking it out!  I was first in contact w/ Phil when he showed interest in signing Fulgora to his Housecore label, and shortly after he booked Pig Destroyer for his Horror Film Festival.  I met him for the first time when Down played Maryland Deathfest a few years ago, and later on got to jam the "Bury Me In Smoke" outro w/ the guys.  When Adam Jarvis and I stayed at his place in Louisiana for a few days to record the upcoming Fulgora 7", we collaborated on a bass line, and I got to see that the guy is the real deal.  He cares for and appreciates music more than anyone I know.  He could have sat back and pressed record, but he really got hands on and had great ideas.  As for that Cattle D guest spot, I actually was the one that put that all together, and Phil nailed it.



HMT: How many songs have you written for this upcoming EP and what stage were they at when Phil was able to get in the studio and lay down vocals?
 
John: We never stop writing, and Derek had the 5 songs for this ep written beforehand, and we had the music recorded by the time Phil got into the studio.  He had just gotten off of the Danzigs tour so his voice was in great shape, and he killed it.  We later added the sample "Tactics" 

HMT: I know that Phil had commented in a previous interview that given that the songs are shorter in duration that he would have the time to put in a full effort for these songs. Do you forsee any scheduling conflicts with getting the band together and will you be able to do a short tour to support the EP?

John: The songs are short and to the point for sure, and Phil really took the time to make them the best songs possible.  As far as a tour goes, there has been plenty of interest in live shows, and with all of our different bands it will be more difficult to pull off than your average band...but we do hope to hit the stage at some point soon and have been entertaining offers 


HMT: Scour is made up of enigmatic players, how do you deal with "haters" or those who want to dwell on negative attention rather than letting the music be what represents a band? Does it play a part in how you guys are currently keeping media attention rather on the low key side of things?

John: I've learned that in music, you're not going to please everyone.  Not everyone is going to like or "get" my band.  John Lennon said the Beatles were bigger than Jesus and everyone freaked out and burned their Beatles albums and radio stopped playing them.  But they kept putting out good music and in the end, that's all that really mattered.  I'm going to worry about making music that I enjoy, and hopefully some others enjoy it too.

HMT: I love EP's but from that one track alone, I'm going to be chomping at the bit for a full length in the future. Is it feasible to make full length records anymore giving the way music is distributed these days and the short attention span of listeners? Musically speaking, do you feel the strength of EP's versus LP's , is that it gives you the opportunity to tell a story in a shorter amount of time(aka like a short film) and produce more of them in the long run?

John: There are pros and cons to both, but you're right, people's attention spans are shorter than ever, and like I said we just keep writing, and with our busy schedules, a few ep's may work out better in the long run than a full length.  Basically it'll get the music out faster and easier on the pocketbook.



HMT: Lastly, how far ahead do you make plans for Scour or do you play it by ear considering all of the members have such busy schedules?


John:  I think ultimately the fans are going to dictate what's next for us.  We are pretty early on in the inception of the band, so it could really go anywhere at this point.  I'm ready to Scour the planet.

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Listen to the EP in it's entirety below and don't forget to support the band by purchasing it from Housecore Records.




Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pick of the Week!!! - Raised By Gods' TOO LATE NOW




Too Late Now
Raised By Gods

This week's top pick is the latest Raised By Gods cd "Too Late Now". This is a collaboration between Terry Glaze (Pantera/Lord Tracy) and Mike Herrington(drums). It's a great rock album with plenty of groove. If you dig fuzzy distortion, bluesy riffs and great rhythm you're in for a treat. Pick up the album on Itunes and stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Terry coming soon.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Review: Mephistofeles "Whore"

MEPHISTOFELES: Whore
Up And Comers From Argentina

Judging from their Facebook pictures, these kids look like they're barely 20 years old, yet they have hit the ground running with a really good first release.  This is solid doom, self described as "filthy as a whore".  It will appeal to fans of Belzebong, Electric Wizard and the like.  "Whore" is well worth the $4 being charged on Bandcamp; about 35 minutes of  authentic doom/stoner rock.  Check out the lead track, "Black Sunday":

While not earth-shattering, "Whore" screams potential, and I can't wait to see what these kids come up with next.  I expect Mephistofeles to rank in the rock gods category within a matter of years.  Here is another of my favorites, "Drug Addict":

Buy this gem here: Buy "Whore" on Bandcamp

Mephistofeles is:

Ismael Dimenza .bass 
Gabriel Ravera. guitar&vocals 
Iván Sacharczuk. drums 
Got another sweet review comin' at ya next weekend; it's worth bragging about, and I will be super-impressed if you are already aware it.  Until then, stay heavy.    -ULTRA

Sunday, July 24, 2016

ETERNAL ELYSIUM: Resonance of Shadows
Home Run: Unbridled Heavy Metal Creativity
Eternal Elysium is the second veteran Japanese heavy-metal band to release its best album ever this year.  Church of Misery, with the heavy album-of-the-year so far, in my opinion, and now Eternal Elysium, with their June release, "Resonance of Shadows."  Eternal Elysium are three musicians who truly love what they do.  They experiment as they please, but are in their core a band who loves a heavy sound.  This album is their most approachable and most addictive by far to date.  Check out these tunes from the new album, and see if the word "epic" doesn't keep coming to mind for you.  Here is the lead track, "Ingah":
And now "Views On C #":
Eternal Elysium Is (right to left):

YUKITO OKAZAKI
Vocals & Guitars

TANA HAUGO (from Minnesota!)
Bass
ANTONIO ISHIKAWA
Drums


That's all for now, comin' at ya again next weekend.  Glad to see Grownman back in action; he's a true professional.  Over and out  -ULTRA